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d’Alba White Truffle Multi Treatment Eye Cream

the claim

The d’Alba White Truffle Multi Treatment Eye Cream claims to be a gentle, anti-ageing eye cream packed with Italian White Truffle Extract to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
d’Alba White Truffle Multi Treatment Eye Cream

the science

The star ingredient of this eye cream is of course the White Truffle Extract which is included at a known concentration of 3.90%. Often referred to as “white diamond”, it is said to restore skin luminosity by reversing the signs of ageing. Rich in B group vitamins, it can help with blood circulation and hydration to promote skin radiance. There are also claims that it can lift, firm and lighten skin although these are generally unsubstantiated with scientific evidence.

Niacinamide (Vitamin B3) is a superstar ingredient that acts as a restorative agent. It helps to brighten skin by inhibiting melanin production and is also an effective treatment against hyperpigmentation. Niacinamide can improve the appearance of enlarged pores, uneven skin tone, fine lines and dullness plus strengthen the skin surface. Another skin-restoring agent is Adenosine which has proven anti-wrinkle benefits due to its ability to energize the skin’s surface, helping it to look smoother and younger.

Arginine is multifunctional and included for its versatility. Antioxidant properties help to defend against free radicals that can contribute to the formation of premature wrinkles. It also displays an ability to hydrate skin with humectant behaviour. Arginine is able to boost collagen production and thus improve firmness. Ceramides (Ceramide NP) help to restore and maintain the skin’s protective barrier. As we age, naturally occurring ceramides in skin cells become less effective at achieving hydration, giving way to dryness, fine lines and wrinkles. Reinforcing this supply fortifies the skin’s natural barrier resulting in increased hydration for more smooth and youthful looking skin.

A 6-peptide complex is included in the cream. Peptides are fragments of proteins made up of amino acids combined in specific ways that help skin to retain firmness and reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Peptides can help revitalize skin’s building blocks to become more resilient. According to Dr Whitney Bowe, US based dermatologist:

Your body sees these peptides as ‘signals’ that you need to heal, which tells your body to produce more collagen where you need it most…. If your skin is aging prematurely, those peptides might signal your skin to boost its production of collagen and even hyaluronic acid, plumping up your skin and restoring a healthy skin barrier. When you introduce exogenous peptides onto the skin in the form of a moisturizer or serum, it tricks the skin into thinking there’s been an injury or wound, and it stimulates our collagen-boosting processes.

Olive Oil contains powerful antioxidants which help to protect against premature ageing by restoring skin smoothness and fighting free radicals. Olive oil penetrates deeply to provide both cleansing and moisturising effects. Often coexisting in cosmetic formulations, Cetearyl Olivate and Sorbitan Olivate present a unique natural emulsifier derived from olive oil which reduces water loss and moisturises the skin. Tocopheryl Acetate, Tocopherol and Folic Acid boost antioxidant power of the cream.
d’Alba White Truffle Multi Treatment Eye Cream
Grape Seed Oil is anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial so a great choice for treating skin conditions such as acne and irritation. High amounts of omega fatty acids help to make skin softer and stronger. The Proanthocyanidin in grape seed oil is what provides antioxidant properties. It can even out tone with consistent use as well as protect the skin from UV damage. Meanwhile Camellia Seed Oil is able to absorb deeply into the skin to soften and hydrate without greasy residue. Similarly helping to deliver replenishing and moisturising properties is Sweet Almond Oil, an emollient oil rich in fatty acids which helps to lock in moisture and form a protective barrier.

Buriti Fruit Oil is a natural source of beta carotene making it an excellent antioxidant that protects against photodamage. It’s also a good source of vitamins E and A. Sunflower Seed Oil, is a well absorbed, light oil without residue and rich in linoleic acid and Vitamin E. Fatty acids from these oils and Chia Seed Extract help to maintain the skin barrier and decrease transepidermal water loss, keeping skin supple and soft. Their emollient nature ensures smoother more hydrated skin for longer. Also displaying high fatty acid content, Avocado Oil, Red Algae and Cardiospermum Halicacabum Extracts plus Cetearyl Alcohol assist to reduce flaking and restore suppleness.

Other notable ingedients include Rose Flower Water which is simply water scented or distilled with essential oil from the Rose plant. It exhibits soothing, cooling and anti-inflammatory properties, ideal for sensitive or compromised skin. This function is well supported by Blackcurrant Seed Oil plus Basil and Oat Kernal Extracts which help to soothe and calm the skin. Shea Butter is a plant-based emollient that mimics the lipid content of skin to promote a soft, smooth, healthy appearance. Due to its low molecular size, Sodium Hyaluronate can reach deep into the dermis to combine with, maintain and attract water making it a superb natural moisturiser. Glycerin is a powerful humectant and Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, an excellent emollient derived from coconut oil and glycerine. Together they deliver replenishing and restorative effects to help achieve normal skin balance and hydration. Butylene Glycol additionally assists to increase the penetration of other ingredients and hence boost their effectiveness.

the ingredients

Water, Glycerin, Butyl Glycol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Tuber Magnatum (White Truffle) Extract (3.90%), 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Niacinamide, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, Dimethicone, Camellia Japonica Seed Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Cetearyl Olivate, Stearic Acid, Sorbitan Olivate, Polyglyceryl-3 Methylglucose Distearate, Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Glyceryl Stearate, Carbomer, Arginine, Pullulan, Xantham Gum, Mauritia Flexuosa (Buriti) Fruit Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Octyldodecanol, Rosa Centifolia Flower Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Salvia Hispanica (Chia) Seed Extract, Ocimum Basilicum (Basil) Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Ethylhexylglycerin, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernal Extract, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Adenosine, Ribes Nigrum (Black Currant) Seed Oil, Disodium EDTA, Porphyridium Cruentum (Red Algae) Extract, Alkanna Tinctoria Root Extract, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Rosa Centifolia Flower Water, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil Unsaponifiables, Lecithin, Acetyl Glutamine, Polysorbate 20, Cardiospermum Halicacabum Flower/Leavf/Vine Extract, Tocopherol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Oligopeptide-3, Oligopeptide-2, Oligopeptide-1, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Hexapeptide-11, Folic Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, Bacillus/Soybean Ferment Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Ceramide NP, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7
d’Alba White Truffle Multi Treatment Eye Cream Ingredients

the packaging

The d’Alba White Truffle Multi Treatment Eye Cream is presented in a sleek plastic tube with narrow opening and screw top lid. When new, it includes a foil seal over the opening to protect from spillage and retain product freshness. The package also has a tamper proof seal over the opening.
d’Alba White Truffle Multi Treatment Eye Cream Protective Seald’Alba White Truffle Multi Treatment Eye Cream Packaging

the analysis

The assessments returned from both the CosDNA and EWG resources, rate the d’Alba White Truffle Multi Treatment Eye Cream a moderate hazard.
d’Alba White Truffle Multi Treatment Eye Cream CosDNA Analysis

the application

Dispense a pea-sized amount of eye cream and apply to the eye area. Can be used morning and night.
d’Alba White Truffle Multi Treatment Eye Cream Directions

the scent

This eye cream has a very faint, naturally derived scent.

the cost

The d’Alba White Truffle Multi Treatment Eye Cream costs around USD$45.00 for a 30ml tube.

the availability

d’Alba products are available at Korean skincare boutiques including Style Korean and YesStyle. I received mine from April & Ko.

the expiry

The d’Alba White Truffle Multi Treatment Eye Cream has a three year shelf life. I couldn’t find an expiry upon opening but estimate it would be 12 months.
d’Alba White Truffle Multi Treatment Eye Cream Shelf Lifed’Alba White Truffle Multi Treatment Eye Cream Expiry

the performance

Elegantly presented, the eye cream comes in a long white, opaque plastic tube with screw top gold lid. A narrow opening allows for controlled and easy dispensing. The opening is sealed with foil to better preserve the product prior to use and the outer package is taped to allow immediate detection of tampering. The packaging solution is hygienic, practical and easy.
d’Alba White Truffle Multi Treatment Eye Cream
The cream itself is quite dense in texture, easily holding its form when dispensed as can be seen in the image below. It’s soft and thus pleasant in application. Regarding the smell, this product has a very subtle scent which I have to really focus on to even detect. It is light and probably a little soap like, but I have to stress, barely even noticeable. There is no added artificial fragrance in the formula. I would guess that the botanical extracts/oils are responsible for this property.

Only a small amount is required per application. With a dab and slide action, I apply it to both eyes, on the lids, up to the eyebrow and covering the under eye area. It glides on easily and absorbs well. If you use too much, it can sit on the surface and feel a little oily but the correct amount melts into the skin effectively. There is a good amount of dimethicone in the formula which does leave a slight film on the surface. It doesn’t feel heavy or uncomfortable and in fact, enhances makeup application by acting as a primer, although I do allow a fair dry down time.

I have been using this in my morning and night routines for two months. There is still plenty of product remaining so although the price may seem a little steep at first, this tube should easily last 6 months. The cream has no sensation on my skin – it’s not cooling, irritating, sticky or tacky. It leaves the eye area feeling soft and velvety.
d’Alba White Truffle Multi Treatment Eye Cream Texture
I have found this cream highly moisturising and softening. The tender eye area feels well hydrated and supple. I haven’t had any trouble with milia forming either. There has been no noticeable brightening of the under eye area, even though there is a fair bit of Niacinamide in the formula. I would opt for something like the Innisfree Perfect 9 Repair Eye Cream instead if that is a key feature that you are seeking. I found the Innisfree cream very effective at brightening and to date, is still my favourite eye product.

As for wrinkles and fine lines… well, I haven’t observed any improvement in crow’s feet but then again, I have only been using this cream a short time. I will be interested to see if there has been any change after completing the tube. Needless to say, the added moisture assists to plump out existing lines, blurring their appearance and making them look reduced. Hydration can also help to slow lines forming since skin is plump and filled out. Antioxidant protection is a preventative measure with similar effects.
d’Alba White Truffle Multi Treatment Eye Cream

the conclusion

If you’re after a solid eye cream that provides plenty of hydration and suppleness, this is it! Its composition certainly shows potential for an improvement in fine lines or at least in slowing their formation, however, after just two months I didn’t actually observe such results. The plumping effect filled out existing lines but the cream itself did not have any permanent effect on them. This cream didn’t brighten my eye area, although it should be noted that it doesn’t claim this as one of its benefits.

Overall, I think this is a great eye cream for moisture provision with an anti-ageing agenda that makes it an ideal inclusion for anyone concerned with the onset of ageing or wishing to slowing it down.

the summary

Pros Cons
Hygienic packaging Only available online
Gentle on the delicate eye area No noticeable brightening effect
Absorbs well without sticky residue
Skin feels soft, hydrated and supple
Lasts a long time, so cost effective
Suitable for all skin types


the references

Benefits of Shea (Butyrospermum parkii) Butter for Skin Skincare Club
Benefits of Olive Oil for Skin Dr. Edward Group
Glycerin Paula’s Choice Skincare Dictionary
Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride Paula’s Choice Skincare Dictionary
Butylene Glycol The Dermatology Review
Sodium Hyaluronate Truth In Aging
Cetearyl olivate and Sorbitan olivate Sunumbra website
Niacinamide Paula’s Choice Skincare Dictionary
Niacinamide Benefits for Skin Jared Paventi
What are the Best Products with Niacinamide? Nicki Zevola Benvenuti
Camellia Seed Oil: The Dry Oil Your Skin Want Wendy Gould
Almond Oil for Skin The Dermatology Review
21 Shea Butter Benefits and Uses Wellness Mama
Is shea butter good for face skin? Abigail Libers
Adenosine Paula’s Choice Skincare Dictionary
Arginine The Dermatology Review
Grapeseed Oil for Skin: Benefits and Uses Kathryn Watson
Benefits of buriti oil for skincare School of Natural Skincare
Sunflower Seed, the Skin Protector Annmarie Skin Care
Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil Benefits In Organic Cosmetics Naturelle Cosmetics
Benefits of Blackcurrant Seed Oil Doctor Mahers
Porphyridium cruentum extract Paula’s Choice Skincare Ingredient Dictionary
The Benefits of Rose Water Holistic Health Herbalist
Peptides for Skin Paula’s Choice Skincare Dictionary
Peptides for Skin: What They Are and What They Do | Dermstore Blog Alisha Racker

the disclaimer

Please read in context with my disclaimer.
This product was provided to me free of charge by April & Ko for review. This post only includes my honest opinion and experience of this product and is in no way influenced by d’Alba, April & Ko, any of its representatives or any other third party.


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